His monthly ‘Brussels for Breakfast' meetings in the City of London (now sponsored by Grant Thornton) attract a wide array of senior officials and government affairs specialists from major financial institutions. Following the meeting, the Chartered Insitute of Securities and Investment (CISI) conducts a live webinar to assist its members' Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - a major activity of Graham Bishop.
Graham's pro bono activities reinforce his consultancy services as his deep knowledge of Europe’s financial system is integrated with his understanding of EU economic and budgetary policy-making – within the necessary framework of democratic accountability. His influence was recognised publicly in 2012 when EurActiv published the first ever ranking of the 40 most influential Britons on current EU policy-making, listing Graham at number 33.
He is a well-known consultant, speaker, media commentatorand author of books and articles
Graham’s interests have spanned financial markets, economic/budgetary policy and democracy for several decades. He is no stranger to the European Commission's groups, having been on the Maas Committee in 1994/5 (preparing the changeover to the single currency); a member of the Financial Services Strategy Group in 1998/9 (creating the Financial Services Action Plan); and a member of the Giovannini Group. The European Parliament also nominated him as one of its two members of the first Inter-Institutional Monitoring Group and he is a Board member of the Kangaroo Group. He has been a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee and has given evidence twice this year in the House of Lords European Committee's update inquiry on the euro area.
The technical nature of the financial system has changed dramatically and the political impact of modern financial markets is now undisputed. Will they now maintain the euro – or fracture it? Graham Bishop believes that market discipline has a vital role to play in maintaining fiscal sovereignty; here again the interaction of monetary union and political sovereignty is reinforced. His long-standing interest in these matters lies at the heart of his consultancy work.
European Commission: Mr Bishop was a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on Redemption Funds and Eurobills (link to Press release). He was a member of the Commission's Consultative Group on the Impact of the Euro on Capital Markets (the Giovannini Group). He was a Member of the Commission's Strategy Group on Financial Services (1998 – creating the Financial Services Action Plan) and the Committee of Independent Experts on the preparation of the changeover to the single currency (1994/5).
European Parliament: He was nominated by the European Parliament to be one of its two members of the first Inter-Institutional Monitoring Group, as foreseen by the Lamfalussy Report, and was Rapporteur for the spring 2003 and November 2004 Reports.
Kangaroo Group: (link) Elected to the Board in 2005 and re-elected in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.
House of Commons: Mr Bishop was a Special Advisor to the Treasury Select Committee in its examination in 2003 of the implications for United Kingdom membership of the Single Currency. He advised the Treasury Committee on the corresponding reports in 1998 and 1996.
House of Lords: He gives evidence frequently to the House of Lords European Affairs Committee - most recently in Novemeber 2015. He was a Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union in its 2003 inquiry into The Barriers to Competition in the Internal Market for Financial Services.
European Movement (UK): He was elected to the National Council of the European Movement (UK) in October 2013 and re-elected in October 2015. The new National Council then elected him to the Executive Committee.
Liberal Democrats: He was a member of the party's Europe Working Group and served on the previous Europe Group and the Globalisation Group.
City of London: Mr Bishop is a Freeman of the City and was Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders for 2010/11.
He is a Council Member, Federal Trust; member of the UK European Movement’s National Council (elected 2013, re-elected 2015); and a member of the European League for Economic Co-operation (ELEC). During the debates on UK membership of EMU, he was a Council Member of both Britain in Europe and City in Europe; Chairman, London Investment Banking Association (LIBA) Committee on converting London's capital markets to the single currency; and Deputy Chairman of the Kingsdown Enquiry of the Action Centre for Europe (ACE) on the implications of EMU for Britain (1995 and 1997 update). He participates in studies and meetings of research institutes such as Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI); SUERF and ELEC.
Mr Bishop graduated from Sheffield University in 1972 with a degree in Jurisprudence and worked for UK stockbrokers, Phillips & Drew, as an international economist with particular reference to equity markets. In 1979, he joined S G Warburg to manage pension fund portfolios. His emphasis moved from European equity markets to bonds and currencies, culminating in a move to Salomon Brothers/Citigroup in 1983. Initially, his economic commentaries covered the bond and currency markets of Europe. He authored Citigroup research on the issues surrounding monetary union after it became a serious possibility in 1988. As Adviser on European Financial Affairs at Citigroup in London, he reported to the Co-Chief Executives in Europe.